Samuel L Jackson says in an interview that Force Awakens is “exciting in a way”, but doesn’t think much of the duelling.
Any question of Star Wars The Force Awakens‘ success is officially out the window. The first in the Star Wars franchise from Disney has already passed the $1.5 billion mark and shows no signs of stopping. Not only that, Force Awakens has been an equal hit wit critics diehard fans. That’s Star Wars fans, not fans of Die Hard. So Disney and JJ Abrams must be sick of people telling them what a good job they’ve done. That’s ok, because not everyone was so impressed with the latest episode. Samuel L Jackson is one such person, and has no problem speaking his mind.
The news from Screen Rant is that Samuel L Jackson was interviewed on Popcorn with Peter Travers (check it out above). The star of Hateful Eight was complimented for his work on Episodes 1-3 as well as his bitchin’ purple lightsaber (a personal choice).
Jackson was asked whether he had seen The Force Awakens, and was noticeably cagey abut his opinions. He agreed that Episode VII was done “In the spirit of the franchise”, but thought that the latest batch of heroes “might need to go to lightsaber fight school”.
That’s a loaded criticism from Jackson, who played Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Granted, he did more than his share of saber duelling and was arguably one of the stronger jedi characters in the prequels. That being said, the prequel trilogy isn’t without its flaws. Not all of those flaws were down to Jackson, but it’s still strange for him to draw such direct comparisons.
Still, if Samuel L Jackson opened up a lightsaber fight school I would be outside in my jedi pyjamas faster than you can say “trade federation”.
Jackson didn’t have a whole lot more to say on the subject, other than that the film was “exciting in a way”.
If you haven’t seen Force Awakens yet, there’s still time to decide for yourself. Alternatively you can watch Samuel L Jackson in Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight. You can also watch both if you like…no pressure though.